Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the
other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin, we become members of Christ, and are incorporated into
Since the beginning of the world, water has been the source of life and faithfulness. The Church has seen a
prefiguring of salvation by Baptism in Noah’s ark. The crossing of the Red Sea announces the liberation wrought by
Baptism. It is prefigured in the crossing of the Jordan River by which the Israelites received the gift of the land
promised to Abraham’s descendants. All the Old Covenant prefigurations find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus. Our Lord
voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John in order to “fulfill all righteousness.” The Holy Spirit hovered
over the waters and the Father revealed Jesus as His “beloved Son.”
At Pentecost, St. Peter declared “Repent, and be baptized. . .for the forgiveness of your sins.” (Acts 3:19) According
to St. Paul, believers enter through Baptism into communion with Christ’s death. The baptized have “put on Christ,”
and through the Holy Spirit, Baptism is a bath that purifies, justifies and sanctifies.
The rite of Baptism includes the gestures of the sign of the cross, pouring of the water, and anointing with sacred
chrism. The white garment symbolizes that the person has risen with Christ. The candle signifies Christ, the “light of
We encourage our parish families to present their newborn infants for the Sacrament of Baptism soon after birth,
because this sacrament is the foundation of the Christian life. Through Baptism the child now has access to the other
for your child’s Baptism, you should ask yourselves some questions: “What place does God have in our lives?” “What
place does the Church have in our lives?” “Are we striving to practice our
For a Catholic, the desire to have a child baptized should indicate an acceptance of the teaching of Jesus Christ as
handed on to us by the Church. It is best if the child’s first or middle name is shared by someone famous for Christian
faith and goodness. Choosing a saint’s name gives your child a hero to imitate, and a helper in prayer.
Your child must have at least one godparent, who is at least 16 years old, and a fully-initiated (confirmed) and
practicing Catholic in regularly). We ask that the godparents obtain a letter from their pastor attesting to these things.
A godparent should be chosen because he/she is someone who will pray for your child, and who can help you to
teach your child to be a good Catholic by word and example. If there are to be two godparents, one must be a man,
and the other a woman.
Adult Baptisms follow the directives of the RCIA program. Anyone over the age of 7 is considered an adult.
If you feel ready to accept the responsibility of raising your child in the Catholic Faith, contact the parish office to
inquire about Baptism Preparation classes.
you can use this link
Call the Parish Office (740-732-4129 ext 153)
to discuss the fine details of Baptism in your parish
and then attend the Baptismal Preparation Session.
Please view the history/theology of Baptism,
it would be good to read about and understand
this most important Sacrament.
Celebrate the Baptism in your Parish
Live and then grow together as a family learning to
know and love God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.